CirdecSongs 2020: It’s Getting REAL

The transition is at hand. It’s coming with the momentum of a locomotive. And I’m looking forward to letting it happen.

The music world I keep under the umbrella I call CirdecSongs has been growing steadily during its two years of existence. Record reviews and previews, concert reports, interviews, essays … this page has taken on a life very much its own.

In fact, I have complained more than once to friends that my day job — which sometimes requires me to work 12-14 hour shifts — has truly begun to get in my way. More than once I have gotten myself all geared up to do music work, only to look at the clock and see that it’s time to put on my uniform. This can be more than a little frustrating.

Well, in less than six months that will no longer be an issue.

If all goes well, I will soon be referring to myself as “semi-retired.” It’s an ideal that both thrills and terrifies me. The terror won’t last long. I’ll be too busy!

I’ve taken the past couple of weeks to assess this page, and determine what I ultimately want it to be. From the looks of things, I believe things are pretty much going the way I like. Now it’s a question of settling on a format that makes me happy.

As of this moment, I’m hoping to give you something to keep you amused at least five times a week. Monday’s will be for interviews and features; Tuesdays and Thursdays will be for album or concert reviews; Wednesdays will feature “A Few Days in the Life,” my online diary; Fridays will be “wild card” days. I won’t know what I’m featuring until I post it.

Some of the posts featured here will also find their way to Proglodytes, All About Jazz, and Sonic Perspectives. Between the material being sent to me for review, releases I’m reading about in British magazines like Prog and Mojo, and American Jazz magazines like Downbeat and Jazz Times, it’s no exaggeration to say I’ll be listening to 30-40 albums a month. Yikes! It’s good work, if you can get it. If only someone would pay me for it! Maybe someday …

Somewhere in there, I’ll begin work on my next two books. Not too much to ask, right?

This plan will solidify itself (I hope) in the summer. Since I’m still living two lives, it may be extremely challenging to maintain the pace and format early on. But I am determined. I will dig in and do my best. You’ll pardon me if I opt for a few holes of golf every now and then.

I’ve been picking up followers at a modest pace. I’m hoping to make improvements in that area very soon. It’s almost comical how many people know me who have no idea how much writing I’ve been doing since the release of my book.

One thing is certain: music never stops. I’ll do my best to catch up, keep up, and pass along what I hear.

See you in the next world.

#cirdecsongs

You can follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (cirdecsongs)

My book, I Can’t Be the Only One Hearing This: A Lifetime of Music Through Eclectic Ears, is available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other fine book dealers.

Would you like to have your album reviewed? Contact me at cirdecsongs@gmail.com

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